A BRITISH Airways pilot has warned holidaymakers to expect even more travel chaos this winter.
The pilot, who remained anonymous, said the current issues will not be resolved in time for the summer.
Speaking to the Mirror, they said it was for a number of reasons including understaffing and current staff burnout.
And even more flights will be grounded on top of the 16,000 already cancelled, they said.
The BA employee said a pilot hadn’t worked this hard in “15 years”, adding: “We’re going full throttle right now. There aren’t a lot of happy people right now. C is a perfect storm.”
They said the staff shortage was caused by a number of issues, such as job cuts and furloughs, as well as a lack of government help to restart the travel industry.
And confusing testing rules, as well as constantly changing travel rules have added to the problems within the travel industry.
With airlines only given a few weeks’ notice to restart, it means airlines can’t get enough staff quickly enough, with security checks taking months and many unwilling to return on low wages and hard working hours.
The British Airways pilot said: “We could be properly outfitted in the winter. There’s no way that will fix this summer.”
A British Airways spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: “While it is disappointing to hear this view from one of our more than four thousand world-class pilots, we are offering a career path to industry leading for our flight crew, including the opportunity to work on a range of new aircraft, flying to a variety of global destinations with an extremely competitive salary and package.
“Thanks to our approach, we have never had a problem attracting or retaining aircrew.”
And BA passengers have now been warned of major delays ahead of industrial action in a pay dispute.
If the workers vote in favor of industrial action, strikes are expected to take place in July, causing major disruption for travelers during the summer holidays.
And Prospect Airport union general secretary Mike Clancy said the current chaos was having a “really damaging impact” on holidaymakers and was unlikely to be resolved by next month.
He told the BBC: ‘It would be hard to give anyone confidence at the moment that everything will be fine for the July school holidays.
Travel editor Rory Boland added: “We are already seeing very long queues, widespread chaos at airports, enormous stress for people planning to get away, and we haven’t yet reached peak.”
Other airlines have also reduced their capacity.
TUI is reducing its flight schedule this month, affecting around six flights a day, while British Airways pre-cancelled 124 flights today.
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